2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips

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We have your 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season.

It's the one week per year when you're not just playing for yourself -- but also not for country, continent or amorphous region. The Zurich Classic has become a player-friendly event, now in its second year as a team format. Much of the world top 15 is in New Orelans with a partner, gaming for cash (no World Ranking points) and FedEx Cup points.

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2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley -- Thomas is obviously the best player in the world right now, and Bud Cauley has enjoyed a very nice season in stretches.

2. Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer -- These guys put on a good show last year, and they have experience teaming together, like Thomas and Cauley from their Alabama roots.

3. Patricks Reed and Cantlay -- I have a feeling this could be a stout team of two guys who take their golf very seriously, don't say a whole lot and love team play.

4. Jon Rahm and Wesley Bryan -- Rahm is a top-four player in the world, winning twice in 2018, and Bryan, while not as hot as last year, has a magical short game.

5. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson -- In concept, these guys should slay. They're great in the Ryder Cup together. But they weren't good here last year. Redemption story, perhaps.

6. Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly -- Why rank a couple of 50-somethings so highly? They just teamed together last week on PGA Tour Champions. Both are playing well.

7. Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar -- Watson has plenty of experience at TPC Louisiana, and he's playing very good golf. Kuchar is a sneaky team-play contributor.

8. Sean O'Hair and Jimmy Walker -- O'Hair has quietly enjoyed a very nice last few months of golf, while Walker's comeback from Lyme disease is gaining steam.

9. Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello -- Spanish pride typically works very well, in any setting. Garcia's hobbling a little, but RCB has played very well this year.

10. Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels -- Ruffels has struggled since turning pro, but maybe a few days with Jason Day at his side can do him wonders.

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